Madison-Plains marching band qualifies for state finals

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The Madison-Plains High School marching band poses outside Ohio Stadium where, on Sept. 28, they earned an overall superior rating at the Buckeye Invitational, earning a trip to the Marching Band State Finals.

(Posted Oct. 15, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

For the ninth consecutive year, the Madison-Plains High School marching band has qualified for the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Marching Band State Finals.

The Golden Eagles will compete on Nov. 2 in the Hilliard Bradley High School stadium. Spectators are welcome. Tickets will be sold at the gates.

Madison-Plains qualified for the state competition by earning an overall superior rating at the Buckeye Invitational held Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. They were one of eight bands competing in the C Class.

“The students were so excited to perform in The Shoe and also to march down ‘The Ramp.’ I believe their favorite part was performing and watching The Ohio State University marching band perform,” said Renee Hostetler, director.

The Madison-Plains show is entitled, “Through the Eyes of a Child.” It kicks off with the song, “Sesame Street,” followed by “Brahm’s Lullaby” featuring senior horn soloist Gavin Jones and senior guard soloist Monique Mitchell. The show closes with “Heffalumps and Woozles” from Whinnie the Pooh.

For the first time, the band is using interactive props, specifically five 20-foot-long teeter totters.

Mark Fox, who was band director at Madison-Plains when the band qualified for state finals for the first time in 1988, serves as the band’s music arranger. Andrew Lawrence is the assistant director.

The band has qualified for state 12 times in the history of the program and received a superior rating six of those times. This is the earliest in the season the band has qualified for state finals.

“Watching my students handle their responsibilities and work together to get better is such a joy,” Hostetler said. “I am also so incredibly grateful for our team of parents who work endlessly to help us with everything we need and for our staff who have to put up with me.

“Thank you to everyone who helps and supports our program. It takes a village to be successful, and I am so blessed for my village to be Madison-Plains. Pride! Drive! Passion!”

Madison-Plains’ performance time for state finals has yet to be announced. Check back with the high school closer to Nov. 2 for the time and ticket prices.

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